Nicolas Pepe has to save his Arsenal career in the remaining months of this season or the club will offload him, according to Kevin Campbell.
The Ivorian has become a bench warmer at the Emirates despite being Arsenal’s record signing.
He has the talent, but he has flattered to deceive since he has been at the club.
The former Lille man is no longer considered a very important member of the Gunners’ first team.
He is likely to leave the Emirates in the summer as Arsenal continues to rebuild their squad.
However, the winger could also save his Gunners career by having a very good second half of this season.
Former Gunner Campbell believes that is the only way he would survive a summer chop.
He tells Football Insider: “Pepe does have quality, we know that. But he is up and down in the Premier League. This is his third season at Arsenal. We’ve seen flashes of brilliance but no consistency.
“If he produces for the last half of the season then he may have a future at the club. I’m not holding my breath though.”
Just Arsenal Opinion
Pepe looks very out of place in the current Arsenal team, and it is very sad to see that happen.
He showed a lot of promise at Lille, although we cannot say he is worth the money we paid.
Mikel Arteta is a progressive coach and must have tried to help him hit top form.
You cannot blame the gaffer if the Ivorian will not get better. Hopefully, he would get more chances to play in this half of the campaign and impress.
the issue with Pepe is he doesnt do the hard yards, going back to our goal defending.
the others who are occupying his positions on either flank, work very hard going backwards, so this is why he doesnt play much.
Martinelli, Saka, ESR and even Ode, work hard defensively and offensively and it doesnt interfere with their overall performances from game to game.
Pepe, Like Ozil in many ways, making them defend, really hinders their attacking play, their luxury cannot be afforded in the systems MA has played.
I would try him in up top or false 9, flanked by one of Saka, ESR or Martinelli, as i do believe he is our best finisher and can score goals
I doubt it will happen
The world just witnessed the best of Pepe at Afcon. Maybe its time to swallow our pride and finally accept that we just don’t know how to get the best out of the player – despite three years of trying. Pepe should be worth close to 40M at this stage of his career. This is perhaps the right time to consider selling him – to make a small now and avoid a large loss in the future.